Living With Less

Living With Less

How to Downsize to 100 Personal Possessions

Paperback - 2013
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Many people think that the more they own, the more contented and happy they will be--their lives become defined by their possessions. In fact, the opposite is often true: the more we have, the less happy and contented we are in mind, body, and spirit. In Living with Less, decluttering expert Mary Lambert sets you the challenge of reducing your personal possessions to just 100 items. In Part 1 Mary describes how keeping too many possessions affects you--clutter can stop you moving forward in life, and learning how to release some of your possessions can be liberating and fulfilling. In Part 2, you begin the 100-item challenge, starting with an inventory of your personal possessions. Then you begin the easy-to-follow goal-setting programme to start the process of clearing out your items: broken down into manageable categories, you address each area of your possessions at a time, from clothes, to jewellery, to hobby items. Mary does of course practise what she preaches: you can follow her own 100-item challenge throughout the book. And, once you've addressed your personal items, you may want to tackle the rest of your household goods.

Publisher: London : CICO Books, 2013.
ISBN: 9781908170989
Branch Call Number: 646.7
Characteristics: 128 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.


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Sep 13, 2015

This book was very helpful to me because of its step-by-step work-book style. It coached me in achieving my decluttering and downsizing goals. As in any kind of exercise, I adapted it to what worked for my household. The "100" number, for example was a loose guide. I also only included categories for which my home actually benefited from downsizing. For example, it helped to have fewer, better clothes, shoes, and kitchen china. However, I do a lot of canning and fermenting, so am not downsizing on my inherited mason jars. Also, my garden plants are not going anywhere because they each bring me joy. I am actually going to buy this book to have it as reference at home.

Aug 06, 2015

Books like this are an embarrassing glimpse into a definite first-world problem. The title is a bit misleading, since the author doesn't count household items like furniture, kitchen equipment, dishes, etc. or bathroom products, plus you can exempt one "splurge" category, which will likely be where most people's overabundances are in the first place (i.e. shoes, jewellery, craft or hobby materials) . Focus is more on clothing and personal electronics, and on women - the inclusion of men in some examples and the text seems like an afterthought. If you want or need a more practical and thorough guide, any of Peter Walsh's books would be more useful.

hgeng63 Nov 12, 2013

OK, the downsizing to 100 items idea is good, but this bk is repetitive & half-baked. It doesn't really dig into why people acquire & how people should declutter.

Jul 20, 2013

Some good ideas, however any author who thinks because there is ebooks and the internet means you don't have books on bookselves doesn't get my vote.

Jul 08, 2013

Living With Less: How to Downsize to 100 Personal Possessions --- by Mary Lambert. An interesting slim little book that hits a topic close to a sore spot many of us may be conflicted out. Some interesting check list that will help you the degree to which you have tipped over into hoarding country. How to recognize the signs of hoarding. And most importantly, he to de-hoard yourself. For that bit of a pack rat in all of us. Entertaining to read with serious overtones for some. So tell me, I always thought more was better than less. Seriously.


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